WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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working, and you zone out. You're not think- ing, but you're mixing paints and getting it on the canvas," she says. "My worst paintings come when I try too hard." Mehta begins each painting with a red underpainting, a bit of which she will allow to show through to the finished work. Her works are not large, the biggest being 18 by 24 inches, yet her confident compositions fill that space with impact. Working with one color at a time, she loads a flat brush with paint in order to create a strong stroke. "I really like to make a mark and leave it," she says. The flat brush also allows her to use its edge to create a thin line. After applying the paint, she might delve into particular areas with a palette knife — one of the gifts of working with slow-drying oils. Mehta finds the unpre- dictable results add a layer of complexity that adds to the discovery of the final image. Mehta makes an effort to challenge herself, seeking unusual perspectives that are difficult to pull off. "What I gravitate to is not what someone would usually paint," she says. "It's a glimpse out of the corner of my eye, everyday moments." Taking time to savor those moments is the stuff of Mehta's work. "I 'see' paintings every- where. Sometimes I make a note of where I see beautiful light and the time of day so I can revisit that spot," she says. I keep a sketchbook with me at all times for this reason." "I say 'work'," Mehta explains, "but in real- ity, it sustains me." 173 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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